Art Therapy

DEPARTMENT: Visual Arts Department


Master of Arts - Art Therapy

UW-Superior’s Master of Arts degree program in Art Therapy focuses on the transformative role of the artist/art therapist within the human service professions and in communities. By combining theory and practice, the 48-credit program follows guidelines for art therapy education recommended by the American Art Therapy Association.


Art therapy is the creative use of art materials and experiences in treatment and evaluation of emotionally and physically challenged people. Artwork created under such circumstances is a visual means of expression that can be of diagnostic and therapeutic value to the art therapist and other professionals.

Art therapy is a growing career field. Art therapists can work with children, adolescents and adults in hospitals, community health centers, residential treatment homes, halfway houses, prisons and development centers. Registered art therapists may also develop private practices.


Students at UW-Superior have opportunities to participate in clinical training at some of the many mental health facilities located in the Superior-Duluth metro area. When this training is combined with coursework and research, students are well prepared as professional mental health clinicians.


UW-Superior prides itself on its dedicated faculty who are committed to their students’ success. Students in the Master of Arts – Art Therapy program enjoy face-to-face, personalized advisement with program professors who know them by name.


Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center is home to the Visual Arts Department. It includes two art galleries and studios for painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, drawing, woodworking, metal work and weaving.

Registration and Certification

Master’s degree programs fulfill many of the educational and practical experiences for registration and board certification granted by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), a national professional organization. UW-Superior graduates are eligible, with post-graduation requirements to become ATR and Board Certified.

Program Highlights

  • One of the few graduate art therapy programs in the Midwest
  • Faculty advisors help students plan programs that meet their individual goals
  • Small classes allow personal attention from professors
  • Art professors are artists themselves
  • Opportunities for experience through off-campus internships
  • Graduate students can expect their program of study to be art-based and experiential
  • Graduate Art Therapy education strives to integrate clinical and academic instruction with art making


Art Therapy Links

Related Programs

Art Therapy Art Therapy
Art Therapy


We have several Graduate-level programs available.


Credit for Prior Learning (also known as Prior Learning Assessment) offers students with significant life and work experience the chance to earn graduate credit by demonstrating what they have learned.